Say “Hello” to More Little Friends

Something arrived in the mail the other day:

Olympus VG-110

A cute new Olympus VG-110 point-and-shoot camera! It’s really tiny compared to the big Canon Digital Rebel XT that I’ve had for the past 3 years. I love that it’s so small and light compared to our aging Canon Powershot A710, and that the battery is charged by USB cable (compared to the A170 which eats AA batteries). So while it’s not going to replace the DSLR, it will take the place of the A710.

But enough about the camera. There’s some other things that came in the box too:


We’re Going to the Rainforest World Music Festival

Rainforest World Music Festival, July 8-10, 2011

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Despite being the 4th largest city in Malaysia and the capital of Sarawak, Kuching is a relatively quiet town (especially compared to the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur).  Not much in the way of world-class events comes to Kuching.  But one event, the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) had its start in Kuching in 1997 and has been held here every year since.


In Memoriam: Edith Lee Lau (1918 – 2011)

You may recall that a couple of months ago, our family traveled to Hawaii to attend my sister’s wedding. Right around the time we were about to depart for Hawaii, my grandmother went to the hospital, complaining of shortness of breath. She was admitted to the ICU with fluid in her lungs. She spent almost a month at the hospital, going in and out of the ICU.

We were able to visit her in the hospital a couple of times while we were there. The last time was just before we came back to Malaysia. She seemed to be on the mend, and I hoped against hope that we would be able to see her again the next time we came back to Hawaii.

A few weeks ago, my grandmother passed away. She was 92.

Grandma Lau with Esther and Daniel

grandma esther daniel

She was laid to rest today in Honolulu. The following is the letter of remembrance that I wrote for her funeral.


Happy 9th Birthday to Daniel

This past Saturday, we celebrated Daniel’s 9th birthday with great games and fine food.

birthday cake

Daniel turned 9, and for his birthday present he requested that we have a birthday party at our place. Since we had thrown a party for Esther’s birthday last year, it only seemed fair. This time around, though, Daniel would be inviting some of his schoolmates to come.

The trouble is, while we have lots of experience with cooking dishes for big parties, we don’t have so much experience organizing kids’ party games. Thankfully, Annie’s colleague came to the rescue.


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